The Evangelical Covenant Church has become the first denomination to adopt Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience as their encouraged Bible reading program for churches. The initiative was announced this summer at their 132nd Covenant Annual Meeting.
“Our first Covenant affirmation is the centrality of the Word of God – and central to our life and faith it is!” said Michelle Sanchez, Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples. “We are now pleased to introduce the pathway of Immerse: The Covenant Bible Reading Experience in partnership with Tyndale House Publishers and the newly-formed Institute for Bible Reading. This dynamic resource will allow for a congregation to read through the entire Bible together in community over the course of three years.”
Over 40,000 people participated in the Covenant Community Bible Experience last year, which presented churches with the opportunity to read through the entire New Testament together. Many of the people who took part began asking, “What’s next?”
“As People of the Book, we can’t be satisfied with just a one-time experience of reading through the New Testament” Sanchez said.
Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience will allow churches to experience the entire Bible in six volumes, each with an accompanying program. By participating in an 8-week experience each spring and fall, a church can read through the Bible together in three years.
The Evangelical Covenant Church was founded in 1855 and describes itself as a “rapidly growing multiethnic denomination” with over 850 congregations in the US and Canada.
Check out the Covenant’s Immerse Website to learn more.